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Mission Statement

The mission of the School District 189 Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center is to work to ensure that every student is prepared to succeed in life, post-secondary education, and their future careers. 

Because parents share the same desires as their children, the FACE Center connects families, schools, and community partners to promote learning and healthy development. Research indicates that when parents are actively engaged in their children's education, whether home or at school, students do better academically. Regardless of socio-economic backgrounds, students with involved parents are more likely to earn high grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, attend school regularly, show improved behavior and develop better social skills (Henderson & Mapp, 2002). Additionally, effective family engagement systems understand that policies and practices are mindful of diverse school communities that are rich in language, culture, and school experiences that support the whole family. 




Title I Parent Leads

Parent Leads are selected for each school to provide direct support to parents and to share communication and training at Monthly Parent Meetings and school events. Parents Leads host the Parent Rooms and Spaces at each school. These designated areas have been established to provide resources for positive interactions between teachers, staff, and families within the school district. For more information, please contact



Parent University

Parent University is a personal and professional development program created to form a bridge between the school district and the community. Through a variety of classes and workshops, we support the growth of parents in developing learning partnerships to support their children in achieving both academic and personal success. All supplies are provided and there is no cost to attend. For more information, please contact

Peace Garden

Peace Garden helps nurture growth and healing while inviting parents to come together and create opportunities for learning ways to cope with grief and trauma. Parents & Guardians of any School District 189 student can find support through healthy conversations and activities.    

Book Club, Cafe’ Conversations and Coffee.

Join us for casual conversation, laughter, and coffee in a relaxed atmosphere as we discuss a variety of topics through our monthly book selections. Books are provided at no cost and are available while supplies last. Parents & Guardians of any School District 189 student are welcome to attend.

New Students/Centralized Enrollment

Enrollment at the FACE Center will increase our goals of maintaining good communication through updated student information including addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for access to Skyward Family Access. This also supports a healthy environment by ensuring immunizations, dental exams, vision exams, and physicals are complete and allows us to better support other needs such as ELL/ESL, special education, foster care, and military families.

Transcripts, Records, and Archives Services

The Face Center provides access to historical educational documents as well as assists our students and their families as they continue their careers and postsecondary education.


Parent Support Center Hotline

To maintain open lines of communication, we are here to assist with concerns after they cannot be satisfactorily addressed at the school campus level.  You may send an email to


Let's Talk Virtual Parent Meeting

Let's Talk is a virtual, weekly check-in meeting for parents. All district 189 parents are welcome to listen and share. Click the link above or dial in at (US) +1 470-485-9583 PIN: ‪804 169 313#

Skyward Family Access Center 


Skyward Family Access Center

We are excited to support Skyward's online Family Access Center. In the Skyward Family Access Center, you will be able to view the following important information regarding your child's educational experience in District 189: Grades, District and School Calendars, Upcoming Assignments, Messages from your child's school & teachers, Class Schedules, and Attendance Records. This is also the place to manage emergency phone/email contact information.


Wrap Around Services

The FACE Center provides Wraparound services as an intensive, comprehensive method of engaging families with complex needs (most typically children, youth, and their families) so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams.

Key Communicator Network Meetings

This quarterly meeting is an open invite for families to speak directly to the Superintendent and find out about programming, issues, and express concerns.

Flyers Feeding Families Food Pantry

School District 189 hosts a monthly food drive at Gordon Bush Alternative Center and Mason Clark Middle School. Families are welcome to participate.


Family Response and Relief Services

The Family Response and Relief Services Department is managed by Mrs. Charlotte Edwards, Director of Family Relief Services.

Contact Us

401 Katherine Dunham Place
East St. Louis, IL 62201

Dr. Tiffany Gholson, Director of Social Emotional Learning and Health Services


Phone: 618-646-3129

Rhonda Jones, Secretary
Phone:  618-646-3130

Charlotte Edwards, Director of Family Engagement and Student Attendance Services
Phone:  618-646-3129

Zorina Ann Brown, Family Engagement Coordinator
Phone:  618-646-3321

Kevin Hopkins, Family Engagement Specialist
Email: Phone: 618-646-3130

TBD, Family Engagement Specialist Email: 

Phone: 618-646-3130

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